Monday, April 21, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH: Fefe Dobson

Photo via Facebook
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Canadian pop-rock singer Fefe Dobson. I'll admit, I spent a majority of my teenage years belting out Fefe Dobson songs—this one in particular, despite the lack of ever even having a boyfriend to say "bye bye" to....


So I was really looking forward to getting to chat with her, since she's been in the industry for quite some time now, and naturally she's grown as a person and artist.  She even fell in love along the way, sighhhh. (She's engaged to American rapper YelaWolf FYI)



The full article will be out online soon, but here's a couple snippets from the interview:

Q: What can fans expect from your new album?

Fefe Dobson: You guys can expect the two songs you've heard so far, "Legacy" and "In Better Hands" and also "Celebrate", which was the Canadian Olympic track. The album is called Firebird and for me, it's the most honest album. It's honest for me, not just lyrically, but in the way I hear things musically. It sounds exactly how I feel the soundtrack of my everyday would sound like. Just really dramatic and full of bells and whistles.

Q: Every career has bumps along the way. How have the struggles impacted you and how have you handled the curve balls that have come your way?

FD: In general, when you go through things and you have to fall down and get back up, you learn. You learn where not to fall, you learn how to fall, you actually learn how to fall gracefully after while when you keep doing it. And I feel like I've done that metaphorically of just learning to get back up gracefully from all the issues or let-downs. But it makes you a better person. You have to go down in order to go up and you have to go down in order to appreciate the up.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

FD: Find what makes you original. The more unique and quirky you are, the more interesting you are. And that's by being who you are. Don't be anyone else but you. And be patient. Not everything happens overnight. It's a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication. This industry is one of the biggest roller coaster rides of anyone's life. It can beat any ride at Canada's Wonderland.


Stay tuned for the full article on www.faze.ca!

I leave you with her latest video, "In Better Hands"


For more Fefe Dobson updates, visit http://www.fefedobson.com/

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Happy Easter!

Hope you all are having a fantastic Easter Sunday! I thought I'd put together a last-minute prize pack for all you lovely peeps.

Here's what's up for grabs:

Includes:
- 1 copy of "The Lonely Hearts Club" by Elizabeth Eulberg
- 1 Five Star notebook
- 1 pair of mark. silver hoop earrings
- 3 Vera Wang perfume samples
- 1 NYC New York Color 'City Curls' mascara
- 2 So...? body fragrances
- 2 imPRESS manicure sets
- 1 Me To We Style bamboo scarf
- 1 U by Kotex sample

TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

1. Follow me on Twitter & retweet this -
>>HERE<<

2. Leave a comment on this post with how you're spending Easter long weekend.

*Feel free to do both to double your chances!

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Details:
- Open worldwide
- Ends Tuesday, April 22 @ midnight PST
- Winner will be selected at random & notified on Wednesday, April 23

GOOD LUCK!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Friday, April 18, 2014

EVENT | Harlem Globetrotters take over TO

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I don't usually cover any sports related events, but when I was invited to check out the Harlem Globetrotters here in Toronto, I couldn't say no. They brought their 'Fans Rule' tour to Ricoh Coliseum last weekend and I had the pleasure of snapping the action courtside.

Take a look:






 This is probably my favourite photo, so much yes. They are hilarious, guys.




Earlier in the week, Globetrotters Flight Time and Bull Bullard stopped by a local school for a presentation on anti-bullying. I chatted with Bull about why it's important they get involved:



Harlem Globetrotters give back on and off the courts

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 85 years and although they are known for their incredible basketball skills and energetic games, it’s what they do once they step off the court that takes them to the next level.

As Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters take the time to get involved in various programs that encourage youth involvement and awareness, such as C.H.E.E.R. and Smile Patrol. In support of the International Day of Pink on April 9, Globetrotters Flight Time Lang and Bull Bullard visited Claude Watson School of the Arts in Toronto to do a presentation on the ABCs of Bullying Prevention, a new community outreach program that focuses on “Action, Bravery and Compassion.”

Bull explains the importance of starting to teach these lessons at a young age. “That’s when they listen and that’s when they’re most keen,” says Bull. “Especially if they have a role model out there, whether it’s a Harlem Globetrotter or anyone of celebrity status, they’re going to zone in and listen to them.“

They aim to spread important messages to today’s youth. “The best advice I got as a kid was to speak up for myself. My thing was though, that I never did. So now our message to the kids is to make sure they do speak up,” says Bull. “We want to make sure they do take action.”

Flight Time (left) & Bull Bullard (right)



You may also recognize Flight Time from The Amazing Race and Bull Bullard from this crazy accident:


For more info on the Harlem Globetrotters, visit http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Photos by Christina Dun | Please contact for use

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FASHION | Stashd



I always find myself surrounded by entrepreneurs and fashion folks, and often a combination of the two. Last fall, I attended Techweek NYC, where I had the pleasure of meeting Jess Wilson, a lovely and talented fashion tech enthusiast from Australia. I remember her telling me about a project she'd been working on and a few months later, she showed me what she'd been up to. Stashd, an app for iPhones, is a fashion destination to discover, share and purchase those lust-worthy products.




The team:
Try it out here - http://www.stashdapp.com/


- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MY LIFE | Vegas 2014


I haven't been to a wedding since I was a little tot in a pouffy flower girl dress so I was feeling pretty rusty when getting prepared for attending a wedding at 22. I was already pretty excited when I found out my aunt was getting married, but as a bonus, she was getting hitched in fabulous Las Vegas. I've been to Vegas before when I was younger, but there's only so much you can do as an underage tween.

In addition to my aunt putting a ring on it in Vegas last weekend, there were also tons of other big-time events going down at the same time (Academy of Country Music Awards and Michael Jordan's Celebrity Invitational, aka hello celebs!).

So I got to escape Toronto for a much-needed weekend vacation. I couldn't wait to see my family and take a break from school. Check out my Vegas experience:


We stayed at The Cosmopolitan hotel, which was more fabulous than I imagined. I went into the room to this view, so naturally, I felt like I was in heaven:

 At night:

I also fell in love with the hotel room decor:


You know who else was staying at my hotel? The one and only Juan Pablo, aka the most recent Bachelor! We ran into him and Nikki (the girl he chose in the end) outside the hotel waiting for a cab. Nice to see they're still together!

 This guy:

Juan Pablo aside, I was also obsessed with the food....


The brunch buffet at the Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan was probably my favourite meal. I am a HUGE sucker for breakfast food. All day err day yo.

Time for the wedding! My little cousin is my favourite. He was the cutest ring bearer.

ADORABLE.

Had some free time to relax in style, sighhh [@ SAHRA Spa & Hammam]

Explored the hotels and saw Cirque du Soleil's 'KÀ'

Hi dad:

Obviously I had to bring out the gold, glitter and bling for a night out:

LEFT: My family likes to see how many small crevices I can fit into
RIGHT: Rockin out with KISS at John Varvatos

Fun at the Polaroid store:

Cool Porsche design display at ARIA, such a fancy schmany hotel

Definitely cannot wait to go back—this time with a group of 21+ friends.

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28